The environmental quality objective A Rich Diversity of Plant and Animal Life aims to ensure that:
–habitats and species that occur naturally in Sweden have a favourable conservation status, the status of threatened species has improved, and sufficient genetic variation is maintained within and between populations,
– the increased risk of extinction indicated by climate scenarios is reduced regarding species and habitats facing the greatest risk of being affected adversely by climate change,
– ecosystems have the ability to cope with disturbances and adapt to new conditions, such as a changed climate, so that they can continue to provide ecosystem services and contribute to combating climate change and its effects,
– a functioning green infrastructure is in place and is maintained through a combination of protection, restoration, and sustainable use within sectors, so that fragmentation of populations and habitats does not occur and the biodiversity of the landscape is preserved,
– genetically modified organisms that can threaten biodiversity are not introduced,– alien species and genotypes do not threaten biodiversity,
– the biological cultural heritage is managed so that important natural and cultural values are preserved and the conditions for continued preservation and development of these values are in place, and
– natural environments near urban areas that are valuable for outdoor recreation, cultural heritage, and biodiversity are safeguarded and maintained, and are accessible to the public.
No. It is not possible to achieve the environmental quality objective by 2020 on the basis of policy instruments already decided on or planned.